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Mr. Anthony Wright: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff HM Revenue and Customs employs; and how many more posts are planned to be lost to meet the targets set in the Gershon Review. 
Jane Kennedy: As at 1 July 2007 HMRC employed 86,948 full-time equivalent staff and had reduced its workforce by 12,132 posts since 1 April 2004. This leaves a balance of 368 full-time equivalent posts to achieve the Department's efficiency target of a net reduction of 12,500 posts by 31 March 2008.
Jane Kennedy: HM Revenue and Customs is undertaking a major restructuring programme to enable it to meet the staffing reduction targets arising from the Gershon Review, and other PSA efficiency and customer service targets.
Andrew George: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion the average national income was of the average house price in (a) Cornwall and (b) England at the most recent date for which figures are available. 
Angela Eagle: The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings reports that average male full-time earnings in 2006 were £32,744. Data from the Land Registry shows that in 2006 Q3 the mean house price in England was £214,471, and in Cornwall £217,776. Therefore the proportion of average national income to average house prices in Cornwall and England are 6.7 and 6.5 respectively.
Mr. Gauke: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the net difference in income tax revenue collected since 1997 if the top rate of income tax had been uprated in line with earnings. 
Jane Kennedy [holding answer 23 July 2007]: The estimated costs of uprating the threshold at which taxpayers start paying income tax at the higher rate in line with earnings from 1998-99 are in the table.
Mr. Waterson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths where the death certificate refers to healthcare-acquired infections there were in (a) hospital and (b) care homes in (i) Eastbourne and (ii) East Sussex in each of the last 10 years. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many deaths where the death certificate refers to healthcare-acquired infections there were in (a) hospital and (b) care homes in (i) Eastbourne and (ii) East Sussex in each of the last 10 years. I am replying in her absence. (151498)
Death certificates record the place where a person dies, but not where any infections may have been acquired. It is not possible from the information on a death certificate to know whether an infection was acquired in the hospital or other place where a patient died. Patients are often transferred between hospitals, nursing homes and other establishments and may have acquired infections in a different place from where they died.
ONS does not receive information on healthcare-acquired infections but special analyses of deaths involving two infections that are often associated with healthcare, MRSA and Clostridium difficile, are undertaken annually by ONS for England and Wales. The most recent figures were published in reports in Health Statistics Quarterly 33 in February of this year. This publication is available in the House of Commons library.
The table below provides data on the number of death certificates of persons normally resident in East Sussex on which MRSA and Clostridium difficile were mentioned, from 1996 to 2005, the latest year for which figures are available. Breaking these figures down to local authority lever risks identifying individuals, and so figures can not be provided for Eastbourne.
Figures are reported in Health Statistics Quarterly for deaths involving MRSA and Clostridium difficile by place of death, including general hospitals and nursing homes. These figures show that in England and Wales around 90 per cent of these deaths occur in NHS general hospitals. Breaking down the number of deaths in East Sussex by place of death would risk identifying individuals. Figures by place of death can therefore not be provided for either East Sussex or Eastbourne.
|Number of death certificates where (a) Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus( 1) and (b) Clostridium difficile( 2) was mentioned, in residents of East Sussex( 3) , 1996-2005( 4,5)|
|(a) MRSA||(b) Clostridium difficile|
|(1) Identified using the methodology described in Griffiths C, Lamagni TL, Crowcroft NS, Duckworth G and Rooney C (2004). Trends in MRSA in England and Wales: analysis of morbidity and mortality data for 1993-2002. Health Statistics Quarterly 21, 15-22.|
(2) Identified using the methodology described in Office for National Statistics: Report: Deaths involving Clostridium difficile: England and Wales, 2001-2005. Health Statistics Quarterly 33, 71-75.
(3) Figures are provided for usual residents of the current county of East Sussex. Deaths of residents of Brighton and Hove unitary authority are therefore excluded.
(4) Data are for deaths occurring in each calendar year
(5) Deaths involving Clostridium difficile can only be identified using the Tenth Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10). This has been used by ONS for coding mortality from 2001 onwards and in 1999 for a bridge coding study. Data are therefore not available for 1996-1998 and 2000 when the Ninth Revision of the ICD was in use.
(6) Where less than five deaths, numbers have been suppressed in line with ONS guidelines on disclosure and confidentiality.
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your request for how many married couples have separated but are still married. I am replying in her absence. (151192)
The Annual Population Survey (APS) combines results from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the English, Welsh and Scottish Labour Force Survey boosts. Marital status of individuals is asked, but the number of couples, according to whether they have separated or not, is not collected.
In 2006 the APS indicates that there were 1.2 million individuals in the UK who were married and separated from their husband or wife. This figure does not include those individuals who were in a legally recognised Civil Partnership and separated from their civil partner. The comparable figure for married individuals living with their husband or wife is 24.5 million.
As with any sample survey, estimates from the APS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.
Martin Horwood: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the potential impact of extending the possibility of exchanging private pension rights for a cash sum of a value greater than 25 per cent. of the total to situations where the total of that person's pension rights is greater than one per cent. of the Lifetime Allowance; and if he will make a statement. 
Kitty Ussher: The tax rules provide that where a member's total pension benefit rights in registered pension schemes do not exceed one per cent of the lifetime allowance then the member may commute some or all those benefits in return for receiving a taxable lump sum between age 60 and age 75. This process is known as trivial commutation.
At PBR 2006 the Government announced that HMRC would discuss with interested parties the concerns raised regarding the administration costs of paying trivial
commutation lump sums under these rules. The Government will explore the way in which the current rules impact across a range of interests, bearing in mind both the potential impact on individual pensioners, pension savers, and pension providers and the way the rules fit with the Governments wider objectives in encouraging pension saving to produce an income stream in retirement.
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average wage for (a) full-time and (b) part-time (i) male and (ii) female employees is; and what the average household income for working age households was in City of York council area in (A) cash and (B) real terms in 2006. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the average wage for (a) full-time and (b) part-time (i) male and (ii) female employee is and what the average household income for working age households was in City of York council area in (A) cash and (B) real terms in 2006. (151612)
Levels of earnings are estimated from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), and are provided for all full-time and part-time employees on adult rates of pay, whose pay for the survey period was not affected by absence. The ASHE, carried out in April each year, is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom.
I attach a table showing the mean and median Gross Weekly Earnings for all full-time and part-time employees in the city of York Unitary authority, for the year 2006.
Estimates of average household income for working age households by council area are not available. Household income statistics for all households in the UK, based on the Family Resources Survey, are produced by the Department for Work and Pensions.
|Gross weekly pay for employee jobs( a) by place of work : 2006City of York Unitary Authority|
|Full-time employees||Full-time male||Full-time female||Part-time employees||Part-time male||Part-time female|
|(a) Employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey pay-period was not affected by absence.|
(b) Figure not published for reasons of quality.
Guide to quality:
The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the duality of a figure, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality.
The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CVfor example, for an average of £200 with a CV of 5 per cent. (10), we would expect the population average to be within the range £180 to £220.
CV <= 5 per cent.
* CV> 5 per cent. and <= 10 per cent.
** CV> 10 per cent. and<=20 per cent.
x CV>20 per cent.
Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, Office for National Statistics.
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